April 26th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
The FDA is guilty of breaking the law for failure to release regulations necessary to 2011′s Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), found a California U.S. District Judge earlier this week.
Read More:FDA Found Guilty of Unlawfully Holding Up Food Safety Regulations
January 15th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Proposed new rules affecting produce handling in order to improve safety and decrease the risks of foodborne illness outbreaks will only be enforced in approximately 20 percent of producers, reports Food Safety News.
Read More:New Food Safety Rules ‘Don’t Apply’ to 80 Percent of Produce Suppliers
January 8th, 2013 - Jill Ettinger
Food safety experts breathed a sigh of relief last week when the FDA announced the proposal of two highly anticipated additions to the Food Safety Modernization Act, which went into effect in early 2011.
Read More:Food Safety Finally a Focus for the FDA
November 5th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A recent investigation conducted by Food Safety News found that USDA inspections of foreign meat imports to the U.S. have declined by more than 60 percent since 2008.
Read More:USDA Inspections Down by 60 Percent on Imported Meat, Investigation Finds
October 31st, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
As the nation scrambles to grasp the magnitude of Hurricane Sandy’s devastation all along the Northeast, the USDA has issued a food safety warning in hopes of helping those stranded without power or dealing with flooding to avoid foodborne illnesses.
Read More:Sandy’s Aftermath: Food Safety Warnings and the Price of Ignoring Climate Change
October 13th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
Nearly 8 percent of the shrimp consumed in America each year comes from Vietnam—more than 100 million pounds annually. And a new report says its contaminated with bacteria from pig feces.
Read More:Contaminated Imported Seafood Widespread in the U.S.
October 12th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A recent comprehensive article featured in Bloomberg Markets magazine highlights major issues with out nation’s food safety programs, mainly the outsourcing done by the FDA because the agency lacks the resources to conduct its own safety inspections.
Read More:Are the FDA’s Outsourced Inspectors Keeping your Food Safe?
August 8th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A controversial proposal that would increase the number of birds processed at chicken plants from 140 to 175 birds per minute, received support from a USDA spokesperson in a recent statement despite the agency’s failure to meet targeted goals for reducing the outbreak of food borne illnesses.
Read More:USDA Says Faster Poultry Inspections are Safer
July 18th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
The USDA’s Microbiological Data Program that monitors select fruits and vegetables for harmful pathogens that could lead to foodborne illnesses, is about to lose its funding, potentially putting Americans’ health at risk, reports the Washington Post.
Read More:Funding Cut for USDA’s Fruit and Vegetable Safety Program
June 9th, 2012 - Jill Ettinger
A Tampa area McDonald’s location was the focus of a recent investigation after a customer reported a live cockroach falling from the ceiling and right into their food while dining in the restaurant.
Read More:1 Cockroach Combo Meal, Please? McDonald’s Inspection Finds Gross Violations